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Merchants’ Academy believes that high standards of dress are important to all students and staff as it helps to lay the foundations that are needed for life in the 21st Century. Smart dress instills confidence and pride, together with demonstrating respect for the values that we uphold and therefore prepares students for life in the workplace.
The Academy has a strict gender neutral uniform policy which ensures that students are fully focused on learning as opposed to fashion or trends. The policy also contributes to ensuring students’ safety both whilst in the Academy but also makes them clearly identifiable and distinct when on visits/trips or on their journey to and from the site.
The Academy uniform provides students with many positive advantages, because uniform:
- Makes them ambassadors for the Academy in the local community
- Places stronger focus on academic performance
- Creates an atmosphere of teamwork
- Encourages pride in personal appearance and of the Academy
- Promotes safety, particularly through making it easier to identify strangers
- Diminishes the social exclusion of students based on what they are wearing
- Increases self-esteem and reduces peer pressure
All students are expected to appropriately wear the full Academy uniform during their provision and when travelling to/from the Academy. Students are representing the Academy at all times and should be proud to be part of the Academy community. Any student bringing the Academy into disrepute when wearing the uniform or by not adhering to the uniform policy will be sanctioned. Students not in full uniform during examinations may be prevented from completing the examination at the discretion of the Principal.
Low level issues such as having an untucked shirt, a top button undone, sleeves rolled up on blazers or blazer/tie on person but not worn will receive a warning and the uniform should be immediately corrected – repeat offenders and all other uniform issues will receive the sanctions below:
- The student will receive an N1 on SIMS for lack of uniform
- This will result in a break time detention on the same day
- The student will be expected to utilise the Academy uniform stock to correct the issue
- The students’ tutor will contact home to inform of the issue and request it is resolved
- Significant uniform issues will result in the student being isolated from the student body until the uniform policy has been fully adhered to
Jewellery: One pair of small (maximum 5mm) plain sleepers or studs may be worn if ears are pierced. No stones are allowed. No other piercing is allowed. All jewellery must be removed for PE activities.
Make-up: No nail varnish or nail extensions are to be worn. No visible make-up is acceptable.
Hair/headwear: Hairstyles should be appropriate for the Academy and be of one natural colour. No extremes of fashion can be worn and no cut should be below grade 3. No scarves/gloves/warm hats to be worn when inside the Academy buildings. No caps are acceptable. No decorative attachments are to be worn in the hair. Slides and clips should be minimal and not fashion items. Headwear required by a religion and agreed by the Academy must be plain black.
Merchants’ Academy will not accept liability for any claim arising from theft, accidental loss or damage to personal effects, belongings or clothing whilst at the Academy. Electronic devices including mobile phones, Smart phones, music devices, computer games etc. are not permitted.
UNIFORM: Merchants’ Academy Primary
Students from Nursery – Year 6 will be expected to wear:
Appropriate carry bag
UNIFORM: Merchants’ Academy Secondary
Students from Years 7 – 11 will be expected to wear:
White, plain shirt: Must have a collar, to support the formal wearing of a tie, with top button done up. Must be tucked in. No item beneath shirt should be visible. No fitted blouses.
Grey trousers: Classic style. No jeans, joggers, skinny trousers, leggings or hipsters should be worn.
Grey skirt: Classic style/material. Must be knee length. Any slit must be minimal in length.
Black, plain, polishable, low heeled shoes: No boots (as defined as those items where the ankle bone is covered), trainers, patent or fabric shoes, pumps, daps or shoes with open toes or heels. They must have no trimmings i.e. buckles, labels, tags or decorations. Laces, stitching and soles must be black.
Black Academy blazer: Regulation blazer with logo. Must be worn at all times unless instructed by the Academy (except for when eating in the restaurant).
Academy tie: Regulation tie. Must be worn to waistline.
Grey Academy V-neck jumper: Optional.
Outside Coat: No hoodies, cardigans, sweatshirts, tracksuits, denim or waistcoats will be acceptable. Coats must be removed when inside the Academy buildings.
Socks: Plain black/grey/white.
Tights: Black or grey. Leggings are unacceptable.
Black, plain belt: Optional. This should have a standard buckle with no extreme designs.
Designated Academy badge: If appropriate.
Appropriate carry bag: Suitable for books/equipment.
Academy reversible sport shirt in house colours
Academy polo shirt
Black shorts or skort – Black / coloured tight sportswear or leggings are not acceptable
Mouth guards are required for rugby